Barbara Sinclair of Conscious Life News writes:
People here in NYC are downright panicking over the flu. Many states, including NY have declared a public health emergency, and hospitals are overflowing with sick people. On her Facebook page, Dr. Christiane Northrup had this to say: “Well, the media (and big Pharma) are at it again–Whipping everyone into a frenzy about the flu. Before you follow the herd and get a flu shot, read this. And then if you still want to get the shot because it gives you peace of mind, then go get it. But remember–a healthy immune system with optimal Vitamin D levels is far more effective than any shot!” http://drtenpenny.com/the-truth-about-the-flu-shot/
I agree with Dr. Northrup–keeping our immune system healthy is the key. Our bodies are designed to combat these viruses on their own. So, if you’re one of the lucky ones yet to get sick, here are some simple suggestions to stay that way:
- Sleep is vital. Especially during this time of year, 8-10 hours is optimal.
- Exercise is beneficial, but don’t overdo it–Ayurveda teaches that we should only exercise to 50% capacity (and that’s when we’re healthy). http://barbarasinclair.com/2012/10/03/all-exercise-is-not-created-equal/
- Eat a clean diet, with lots of fresh, local and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Be especially aware of your sugar consumption because sugar is known to suppress the immune system (this includes alcohol). I plan to go easy on the dark chocolate sea salt caramels…
- Drink a glass of warm water with 1/2 organic lemon (squeezed) every morning upon arising. Add raw honey, if desired. This simple little tip is a winner.
- If you live in a cold climate, stay bundled up (especially around the neck and mid-section–two areas of the body that according to Ayurveda and TCM are very vulnerable.
- Supplement with Vitamin D3 if you are not in a hot climate where the sun is strong. Here’s a great source of information.
- Sip hot water regularly throughout the day. Sounds ridiculously simple and it is! It helps to quickly move toxins out the the body.
- Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry) is an Ayurvedic herb that is a wonderful source of natural Vitamin C and also one of the ingredients of Triphala. Personally, I like to get my Vitamin C from this delicious nutritive tonic called Chyavangrans.
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About the Author
Barbara Sinclair is a holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda – the ancient mind/body system of health and longevity that originated in India.
A lifelong visual artist, Barbara woke up one morning in her late 40s with pain throughout her body. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia eventually led her to seek more holistic methods of healing – all while looking within for clues as to why this had happened.
For several years, Barbara was guided to explore all kinds of alternative practices. It was with fierce intent, a positive attitude, and help from some gifted healers that her body slowly began to repair itself. In the process of healing, Barbara fell head-over-heels in love with Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word which means “the knowledge of life”.
She now lives her daily life by its principles and its deep connection with Nature and the five elements, sharing its brilliance with others.